The Polar Bear Scholarship Fund’s vision has been developed by the Board of Directors over the past 15 years and has evolved to what it is today. Up to 15 people serve on the board and the common goal is to raise and distribute donor funds to deserving North High students to further their education. It seems that these board members start out to be helpful to reach the goal and find that they become emotionally attached to these students over time and find that it is a very positive and affirming experience. If you need to be “sold” to consider working on this program in any capacity, feel free to talk to a member of the board.
Heather was involved in Theatre, Student Council, and Upward Bound while at North. She graduated from Central College in Pella, IA with a B.A. in Sociology and Theatre/Communications. She has worked in the field of education, college access, and nonprofit for over 20 years. She is currently the Director of Programs for By Degrees Foundation in Des Moines, serving Findley Elementary, Harding Middle, and North High Schools. Heather enjoys time outdoors and/or traveling with her spouse and daughter.
Tabitha graduatedfrom Grand View College in 1996 with her B.A. in Accounting. She iscurrently a Senior Accountant with Farm Bureau Financial Services in the CorporateAccounting department. Tabitha enjoys being involved with the Polar BearScholarship Committee because she knows how important scholarships are to makecollege possible for many students.Tabitha and her husband,Trevor, live in West Des Moines and have raised twin sons, Nicholas &Nathan.Tabitha and her family enjoy traveling and spending time outdoorsas much as possible.
Craig graduated from Iowa State University with a Business Degree. He owned and Operated Badower’s Clothing from 1978 – 1995. Craig then worked as a financial advisor from 1998 until he retired in 2015. Craig and Marilyn have been married for 53 years. They have 3 adult children and 10 grandchildren. His family and some volunteer non-profit work keeps him occupied today.
Amitie graduated from Upper Iowa University in 2003 with her B.S. in Finance, and has worked in the transportation and logistics industry, the insurance industry, and the advertising and media industry. Her positions have ranged from Financial Analyst to Accounting Supervisor to her current position as Business Systems Analyst. Amitie understands that life circumstances don't always make it easy to experience achievements, but with support, motivation, and belief, a person can accomplish many things. Her hope is that by participating in the Polar Bear Scholarship Committee, she can be a part of providing that support to hard-working students and help them reach the next level.
Diana graduated from the University of Iowa with a BS in Nursing in 1964. She was a public health nurse for Los Angeles County and later San Diego County. Diana was married to a Pediatric Anesthesiologist and raised 3 daughters in Minneapolis, MN. Diana also spent some time as a school nurse for Hopkins School District. Sadly, her husband passed away in 2009 and she has lived in Urbandale for the past 6 years.
Emily participated in every musical and play during her two years at North High School. She sang in the choir, played trombone in the band and was a cheerleader her senior year. She was also in Student Council her senior year. After graduation at North, Emily attended Wartburg College for one year, then received her B.A. from Drake University in 1982. She went on to received her Juris Doctor Degree from Loyola Chicago School of Law in 1987. Emily was a lawyer and administrative law judge for many years. Now retired from the State of Iowa, she is actively involved in several professional organizations, church choir and committees, and community groups like the Polar Bear Scholarship Fund.
After graduation Ernie went on to Drake University where he graduated summa cum laude (2009) and The University of Iowa College of Law, order of the coif (2012). Ernie is now a partner at the law firm of Drost Kivlahan McMahon & O’Connor in the suburbs of Chicago where he lives with his wife and two young children.
After graduation at North, Kristin went to the University of Northern Iowa for 3 semesters and then transferred to American Institute of Business where she graduated in 1996 with an Associates Degree in Accounting and Business Administration. While finishing at AIB, Kristin worked part-time at Principal and is a Sr. Client Service Manager where she manages the day-to-day functions of Pension and 401K Plans. Kristin's son Trey also graduated from North in 2015.
Rob works at Principal Financial Group. He lives in Norwalk with his wife and children.
Stacy works at Wellmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield in Des Moines.
Ross graduated from Drake University with an MBA in Enterprise Risk Management, and Western Governors University with and MS in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance. He works at Berkshire Hathaway Energy as the Global Cybersecurity Operations Director where he supports 13 major utilities across the world and HomeServices of America. Since 2009, youth development and leadership has held a soft spot in his heart since he once benefited from the same support and guidance that PBSF seeks to provide North High students today. Ross has been involved with the PBSF board for over six years as a legacy to his grandmother and great uncle whom attended North High School.